Group Tours

Galileo’s World • Group Tours
Bizzell Library, 5th floor


Types of Tours PhotoSchedule a docent-led tour through the Exhibit Hall or arrange for an in-depth learning experience in the Harlow Room using special collections materials.

Group tours are designed for various university classes, diverse community groups, school visits and campus guests.  We welcome inquiries from groups of 5-30 people, ages 3rd grade through senior citizens.  Larger groups may be accommodated by special arrangement.

Docents will work with group leaders to select the approach to the tour that best fits the particular group. In conjunction with a tour, groups may request use of the Harlow Room, a teaching classroom adjacent to the Exhibit Hall, for more in-depth activities, analysis, or discussion.

Tours may range in length from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the group.

We welcome tour requests for the 2017-2018 academic year. It is not too early to reserve a tour.  Space and schedules are limited, so tours are approved on a first-come first-served basis.  Generally, tours cannot be approved with less than 2 weeks advance notice.

Click the Tour Request Form link in order to tell us about your group and possible dates and times that would be most convenient for you:


The current exhibit, Galileo's World, connects the disciplines together in new and exciting ways. The following are some of the theme-based tours we offer through the Galileo's World exhibit. Each of these tours may also incorporate educational activities to emphasize the content and the connections.  These themed tours may suggest other ideas, not listed below, that would be an ideal fit for your group; we are happy to customize any group experience.

Art and Astronomy Any undergraduate university class
The Sky Tonight The New Physics
Music of the Spheres The Galileo Affair (science and religion)
Galileo and China Galileo and the Health Sciences
History of the Book Galileo Engineer